Farm plan could pull in 10,000 visitors

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A NEW farm centre could be built in a rural part of East Hampshire and attract up to 10,000 visitors a year.

Terena Plowright, who founded the Greening campaign which has swept across the country, is behind the plans.

An application has been submitted to the South Downs National Park Authority for a visitor centre at Nursted Farm at Buriton, near Petersfield.

Access to the centre will either be through Buriton and along North Lane, or by turning into the other end of North Lane at its junction with the Petersfield to Harting Road, opposite Stanbridge Farm.

Concerns have already been raised about potential traffic problems.

The plans include a visitor centre on two fields of 19 acres, including a 60 space car park, overflow parking, a mobile catering van and portable toilets.

Miss Plowright is proposing to keep breeds of sheep, ducks, turkeys and working horses.

Planners from the South Downs National Park Authority will make a final decision.